Monthly Archives: May 2016

Psalm 2 and today’s politics

Perhaps the 2nd Psalm might help Christians to feel a bit less angst and worry over the political times we face. There is no need to take sides of either Democrat or Republic, Independent or Libertarian. There is only one side that you need to take: God’s side. And once you are on God’s side, you just need to step back and let God handle it.

The 2nd Psalm was NOT written about the political race for President of 2016 or any other race for that matter. It is a Psalm about God putting His choice for King on the throne and how it will happen (did happen, actually) regardless of what the leaders and rulers think or want.

We simply need to have Faith that God will cause things to unfold in a way that brings glory to His name. This will allow us to live our lives in the same way…for His glory. We might feel one candidate over another should be in the White House (and yes, I do have my opinion) but in the end, the job I have in this world is to praise God not protest one party over another.

The Church thrived in peace and it thrived (perhaps, even more) under persecution. We might think we know best but I KNOW that God does. We can pray for our hearts desire and even plead with the Lord for a specific outcome in politics but we should live our lives with the calm assurance that having pleaded our case to God, we then can go about the business of things which we can affect.

God will take care of the things we cannot control and unless you can pick up the phone, call the President and have him take your call, you have no major control in politics. Cast your vote and get on with the business of serving your King.

The sermon on Psalm 2 is here, if you would like to hear it.

Lessons from the Titanic

TitanicOccasionally, I enjoy reading posts from other authors and not only do they add to my own learning, they generate ideas for illustrations and points to be made during my sermons.

Ken Weliever wrote a post entitled 4 lessons learned from the Titanic which I think made some very good points. In a recent sermon, I used his points and some of my own to preach a lesson about the lessons which the Titanic teaches us.

Read his article, it is good. You can listen to the sermon if you wish to here .

 

 

Steps to help you deal with worry.

Worry is one of those things that we know we shouldn’t do but often engage in. It is important to know that concern over things that are reasonable to anticipate is normal and necessary. Examples of these normal concerns (sometimes we use the word “worry”) are retirement savings, raising children, job performance.  The reason why concern is o.k. in these things is partly because we have some control or influence over them.

Abnormal worry or anxiety is when we try to control things that we cannot control and/or have no influence over. Scientist tell us that our sun will burn out in 5 billion years. (Whether that is so or not is not under consideration.) Some people worry about that statement. Yet, to worry about something that is 93 million miles away, well outside of our control, and so far into the future that you can’t even conceive of it, is not healthy.

In the sermon we discuss 4 ideas that may help us minimize our worry. First, there are things which you cannot influence or control, so do not worry about them. Second, somethings pertain to God….and He is doing just fine in how things unfold. Third, somethings belong to other people to resolve or take care of. As much as we would like to help, fix, or control other peoples problems, issues, and lives….we cannot control other people. Finally, prioritize your concerns. Just because we can control a thing, doesn’t mean we need to control it. Somethings do not need to be dealt with because higher priorities take precedence.

If you wish to hear the sermon, click here.

Go your way Bartimaeus

When Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, outside of Jericho heard that Jesus was passing by, he crided out to Him for mercy! (Mark 10) I don’t know how Bartimaeus knew that Jesus was the Messiah, but his pleas to the “son of David” lead me to beleive that he did believe it.  Jesus called Bartimaeus to him and granted his request to have his sight restored.

This was something that only Jesus could do. There were no doctors that could heal him. He was completely dependent on Jesus for this mercy.

The thing that caught my attention though was what Jesus told Bartimaeus to do after he was healed.  Jesus said “Go your way…” and what did Bartimaeus do? What would you have done?

Would you have rushed home to share tohe good news with your family? Would you have run to get a job that would pay you something more than begging? There are many different ways he could have gone.  However, he chose to follow Jesus. He made the Lord’s way his way.

Jesus heals us from a malady much worse than blindness. By His stripes were we healed, Isaiah tells us and John tells us Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.  so what way are you headed after being healed by Jesus? That is the question we looked at in today’s sermon. You can hear it here.

 

 

 

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